National Archives and Records Administration - ARC Identifier 12106 / Local Identifier 65.32 - Stay Alert, Stay Alive: The Techniques and Mechanics of Arrest, ca. 1960 - ca. 1969 - Department of Justice. Federal Bureau of Investigation. (1935 - ). TRAINING FILM: Proper and improper arrest procedures are portrayed. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover inviting law enforcement officers and other such agencies to use FBI training facilities. Emphasizes precautionary measures in making arrest to avoid endangering lives of officers or bystanders. Points out that officers should know fundamentals of a successful arrest and that there is no such thing as routine arrest. -
April 30, 2012 Subject:
Late 1960s Law Enforcement
This film has the most up to date equipment and techniques-for its day!
As far as that gas mask goes, with all of the protests during the 1960s, along with a few riots, most officers were well versed in the use of CS, CN, and chemical protective masks.
Today we have OC and tasers, which someday will seem quaint I am sure...
The main message of this film still holds true: You have no idea what a suspect will do, and most cops are killed during "low risk" arrests. So-stay alert, stay alive.
March 28, 2010 Subject:
Entertaining, hilarious and weird
This film is intended to caution police officers to observe proper techniques when arresting a potentially violent suspect. A distance of almost fifty years twists it into alien entertainment.
STAY ALERT, STAY ALIVE is like a series of mini-cop snuff films, in the style of 1960s DRAGNET episodes. Bumbling beat cops and detectives exhibit a lax, inattentive attitude during arrests, only to suffer the ultimate penalty! Between grim scenarios, a stuffy podium guy lectures on the topic. Mr. Podium is flanked by an easel-borne chart to which he never refers, and a table covered with random items, one of which is a gas mask. This is, humorously, not explained.
The original film print is heavily scratched, but the video transfer is good.